Traveling Trunks and Kits

(Also Available as In-School Programs)

Traveling Trunks and Kits are an economical way to bring the Museum to YOU! Rental fee is a refundable deposit of $15 per trunk or kit. Trunks include many artifacts and at least a week’s worth of lessons. Kits include  fewer items and 2 or 3 days of lessons.

Trunks and kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis and may be picked up at Smith-McDowell House on Friday afternoon (by 4pm) or on Saturday (10am – 4pm).

Below are links to preview materials and sample lesson plans. Call 828-253-9231 or email [email protected] for more information or to reserve your trunk or kit.


Another way to bring the Museum to YOU is with an In-School Presentation! A trained museum volunteer or staff person will present any of the above topics in your school. Programs may be presented to as many as 50 students per presentation (some are more hands-on and 25 students would be more appropriate). Cost is $3 per student. Please provide school lunch if the presentations run across the lunch period. Allow 15 – 20 minutes between presentations when scheduling. Extra cost for travel expense for schools out of Buncombe County. Choose a program or suggest a custom program. Craft topics may include an extra supply fee.

Call 828-253-9231 or email [email protected] for information or to schedule your program.